When was the last time you attended one of the many PA Festivals? Be careful, they can be an addicting Pennsylvania Attraction.
Your choices are endless with four beautiful seasons to choose from while be guided through the Central Pennsylvania Mountains. You'll find a wide variety of PA craft shows and unique area events.
No matter what time of year you choose to visit Pennsylvania you'll always find a PA Festival or Annual Event that will charm you into coming back year after year. Of course I couldn't possible list every festival or event but I have carefully chosen many of my favorites to introduce to you.
Thanksgiving Season, November 21st, 2014 to January 4th, 2015 Another really nice winter event is located in Altoona, PA, at Lakemont Park. It's called " "Holiday Lights On The Lake" ". It begins at the end of November and runs through mid January. Travel through Lakemont Park in the convenience of your warm car and see acres of animated light displays while listening to holiday music.
December 31st to January 1st Nothing kicks off the New Year like our annual Winter PA Festival, "First Night". Located in State College, PA. This annual event is completely focused on family and lasts several days into the New Year.
February 2nd Groundhogs Day The most popular Winter PA Festival is celebrated on Groundhog Day
in Punxsutawney, PA. How could we possibly know how many weeks of winter are left without Punxsutawney Phil's prediction? This annual event attracts visitors from all over the world. Gobbler's Knob is a Pennsylvania tradition, read the history and exactly what makes old Phil so popular.
March 29th & 30th & April 2nd - April 6th, 2014 You'll find Maple Festivals scattered through the Allegheny Mountains. One of the biggest is located in Meyersdale, PA. It's known as The Pennsylvania Maple Festival
Winter in Pennsylvania is filled with many ski resorts that celebrate with annual PA Festivals. They always provide beautiful weekend get-a-ways for the entire family.
PA Festivals Celebrate the Arrival of Spring!
Once our long winter has finally passed there is no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring then our annual PA Festivals.
A Guide to Spring PA Festivals & Annual Events
Saturday May 17th & Sunday May 18th, 2014 Children's Day Friday May 16th (Not Open to Public) The third week in May is a big weekend for central Pennsylvania. Penn State University, Altoona, hosts The Blair County Arts Festival. Artists from all over the Allegheny Mountains enter their art for juried judging. Besides all the beautiful art you'll find entertainment, craft booths, and good food.
Each month From late spring to late fall you can enjoy a unique way to tour Central Pennsylvania. The Allegheny Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau offer Mystery Tours - 2013. Through these Mystery Tours I have found places through the Allegheny Mountains that I never knew existed.
Summer Days & PA Festivals A Beautiful Mix
A Guide to Summer PA Festivals & Annual Events
Nothing helps more than a good old-fashioned PA Festival when going through those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Some weekends are so full of events that it's hard to choose exactly where you want to spend your time.
June 19th (Father's Day) to 26th, 2011 Take a step back in time and journey with the Appalachian Wagon Train - 2011 journey to Punxsutawney, PA region to enjoy historic Pennsylvania sites and annual events.
Thurdays, June 26th to Sunday,5 June 29th, 2014 If you're a biker, you'll love Johnstown's Annual "Thunder In The Valley".
It's the perfect way to tour the Allegheny Mountains. Thousands of bikers come from all over the country to enjoy the Johnstown Bike Rally. Of course you don't have to be a biker to enjoy "Thunder In The Valley".
Wednesday, June 25th to Sunday, June 28th, 2014"Creation Festival" is the most popular Christian Music Festival in the World! It's a 4-day outdoor Christian concert where you can camp under the stars!
June 28th - July 6th, 2014The Kutztown Festival celebrates folklore and folklife for nine days. Attend this annual Pennsylvania Festival and you'll fall in love with Pennsylvania and it's history.
July 4th, 2014 Start your July off with a bang. There are fireworks displays in every nook and cranny of Central Pennsylvania. My favorite 4th of July celebration is Summer Thunder at DelGrosso Amusement Park.
Friday,July 10th to Sunday July 13th, 2014 - Children's Day Thursday, July 9th (Not Open to Public), 2014 One of my favorite annual events is located in State College, PA. It's a five-day festival that has just about everything and anything you can expect from an PA Arts and Crafts Festival. People come from all over the country to attend one of our biggest PA Festivals in State College, PA "The Central Pennsylvania's Festival of the Arts."
You'll be amazed at the mixture of art, crafts, and wide variety of ethnic foods. You'll find talented artist and craftsmen from all over the country and from all over the world!
Friday, July 10th to Sunday, July 13th, 2014 While you're in the area, you can drive 3 miles east of State Collage and attend the "People's Choice Festival". It's located in Boalsburg, PA. This festival is actually a spin off from "The Central Pennsylvania's Festival of the Arts". Read the story of how local artist banned together to start this annual event.
Saturday, July 19th & Sunday, July 20th, 2014 DelGrosso Amusement Park holds its annual Native American Pow Wow . It's a beautiful celebration that lasts a whole weekend. Learn to dance in the circle to the native drums, listen to the chants of the warriors, and enjoy the many handmade Native American craft booths. It's an experience you won't soon forget.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! August 8th - August 12th, 2012 - One of the summer’s biggest events in Central PA is the annual Tour de Toona
. It’s a 6 day international bike race that is the prelude to Tour de France. Men and women come from all over the world to compete in this rugged bike race.
Every Thursday Evening during the summer from July 7th to August 11th, 2011 you can visit Lakemont Park and enjoy the Summer Wing Off contest and Jazz music in the park. Local bars, pubs, and restaurants bring their famous hot chicken wings to sample, you get to vote for your favorite, then at the end of the weekly contest the winner is announced. It's really a lot of fun.
Every Wednesday Evening You can also enjoy Spaghetti Wednesday, Starting the first Wednesday in June through the end of August at DelGrosso Amusement Park . There you can enjoy a variety of different authentic Italian dishes. Each week through the summer season you are offered a different Italian specialty dish, along with their regular dish, Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Summer in the Allegheny Mountains is about family fun, good food, family entertainment, and lots of art and craft shows. It all boils down to the simple life, a simple family vacation without spending a whole lot of money.
If you are visiting Pennsylvania we have all the top quality hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast places to stay. Of course you can always visit our many beautiful PA State Parks
and enjoy their many camping facilities. Many also have rental cabins that can be rented by the day or week. Just make sure you schedule your reservation way in advance.
Fall Finally Arrives with PA Craft and Spooky Festivals
A Guide to Fall Festivals & Annual Events
Ah, my favorite season arrives. I always have mixed feelings during the fall months. The heat of summer is finally turning into beautiful sunny days and cool evenings. The fall foliage is in full swing. Every direction I look I am reminded of why I love the Allegheny Mountains. Yet, I know winter will once again arrive and I'll have to say goodbye to many of my outdoor activities.
September and October are always full of PA Festivals with Handmade Crafts & Halloween Celebrations. The weather couldn't be more perfect for these events. Just like all the other seasons there are times it's hard to figure out where you'll want to bring your family.
Saturday, September 6th & Sunday September 7th, 2014Lakemont Parks "The Festival at Lakemont Park"
is without a doubt one of my favorite fall festivals. It was known as Keystone Country Festival until 2005. Read the history behind this.
Sunday, September 21st, 2014 Another of my favorites is offered each year at DelGrosso Park. They have two annual events in September. The first is The "Italian Food & Heritage Festival"
. Eat a variety of ethnic Italian food, listen to the romantic Italian music, and take part in Italian traditions.
Saturday, September 27th & Sunday, September 28th, 2014 At the end of September you can enjoy DelGrosso Amusement Parks annual "Harvestfest". It is one of the special events that will allow you to step back in time and enjoy a beautiful fall folk festival. Sample various old-fashioned food, PA art and craft show, petting zoo, and a Civil War reenactment.
Saturday, September 13th, 2014 Children and Adults alike will learn from this PA Science Festival. It's call "The Great Insect Fair"
and held at Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA. Watch your kids interact with a diversity of insects. Stop at the Insect Deli!
Saturday, October 4th & Sunday October 5th & Saturday, October 11th & Sunday, October 12th, 2014 Who can resist a beautiful Bedford, "Fall Foliage Festival?"
Bedford County's annual event is full of beautiful scenery, craft booth, good food, and music. The history in this area will inspire you to visit many times.
Saturday, October 11th, 2014 Are you looking for a strange little PA festival? Plan on attending the annual Hartslog Day
celebration. It's a one-day event in the middle of October.
Every Weekend in October - Seven Springs Mountain Resort celebrate fall in such a grand way. It's one of my favorite places on earth! My family always schedules a weekend get-away during their "Autumnfest". To accommodate people from all over the world during AutumnFest Seven Springs sets aside 4 weekends in October. You'll not only experience the beautiful mountains, but also a good old-fashioned folk festival, music, and great food. Reserve a room the first time you visit and you'll make a habit of visiting this area year after year during "Autumnfest".
October 26th to 27th, 2012 One of the most unique PA Festivals is an annual event located high in the Allegheny Mountains. It's called the "All Saints and Souls Tour by Candlelight"
. It's celebrated every October in celebration of Halloween.
As time allows I'll be adding a lot more PA Festivals & Annual Events to this list. I'm sure you can find a weekend to spend in Pennsylvania and enjoy the simple life we tend to take for granted. I have to warn you at this point, once you attend a Pennsylvania annual event you'll be just as addicted as I am to run yourself ragged to attend all the special PA Festivals before they are gone for another year.
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